Brainy Dose Presents: 10 Ways To Trick Your Brain Into Doing WhatYou Want At times, everyone feels like their brainis out to get them.
Feeling like your brain convinces you to dothings that might not be in your best interest is something we can all relate to.
The human brain is a confusing and mysteriousthing, but you can fight back by tricking it into doing what YOU want.
Here are ten ways you can do just that! Number 1 – Stay Healthy Instead of GivingInto Cravings It's amazing how the mere mention of donutscan instantly start making you crave them.
But just because your brain tricked you intocraving something, doesn't mean you have to give into it! You can curb your hunger without giving into your cravings by grabbing a healthy snack instead of reaching for junk food; or associatea healthy habit, such as exercise, with an action that's part of your everyday routine.
Rewarding your brain for the positive thingsyou do will make it crave less 'the positive' reinforcement for things that are unhealthyor not good for you.
Number 2 – Declutter Your Life Instead ofGetting Attached to Your Junk Realistically, you know that your life isfull of clutter and that you have a lot of things you don't need – but every time, withoutfail, when you go to clean up and try to get rid of stuff, you hardly end up throwing anythingout, and you're right back where you started.
Every time you pick up an item, there's atiny voice in the back of your mind that says, “you might need it again someday.
” That's your brain trying to convince you tokeep it, even though you know you don't need it.
Touching the item, and starting to feel asense of sentimentalism and ownership is just another amazing way your brain tricks you! Work in reverse to combat this: If you lostall of your belongings to some tragedy, what would you buy out of necessity, and what couldyou live without? By changing your mindset and thinking aboutit from this perspective, you can finally get rid of all the clutter in your life – despiteyour brain's tricks.
Number 3 – Make Your Day Last Longer Insteadof Wondering Where It Went Everyone can relate to how it always seemslike there aren't enough hours in the day to get things done, no matter how productiveyou try to be.
Part of the reason for this is the way ourbrains perceive the passage of time.
However, there are ways to turn this around.
The more information your brain has to process, the more time it feels has passed.
In order to stretch out your day and makeit feel longer, give your brain a workout! Give it new information frequently, learnnew skills, talk to new people, and explore new places.
Doing this makes a much more significant differencethan you'd think.
Number 4 – Get Stuff Done Instead of Procrastinating Your brain often gets in the way of gettingthings done because it's too busy worrying about what could go wrong.
At the first sign of trouble, it'll try togive up to avoid the feeling of failure, which makes it much harder to get things done andachieve the goals you've set.
You can trick your brain into getting moredone by doing simple things to change up your environment.
It can be as simple as adjusting the lightingor playing music that's different from what you usually listen to.
It can also help to shift the outlook youhave on your goals – like trying to focus on the long-term benefits of achieving whatyou want.
Just treat your procrastination like you wouldany other habit you're trying to break, and you can easily turn around the involuntarybad choices your brain tries to make.
Number 5 – Make Friends Instead of Enemies It's almost impossible to give someone thebenefit of the doubt once they've done you wrong.
It's much easier to make them an enemy thanto forgive them.
Sometimes, however, harboring resentment againstthat person might not be in your best interest – especially if that person is your superior, or if there's no way to avoid them – but you can trick your brain into liking them more.
If you don't like someone, you can bond withthem by working on a particularly difficult task together.
If they don't like you, asking them for afavor can trick their brain into liking you.
Number 6 – Focus on the Positive Instead ofthe Negative Have you ever had a single bad experienceruin the rest of your day? This occurrence is another example of howyour brain tricks you! Your brain tends to focus on the negativeinstead of the positive, sometimes even convincing you to hate doing something you usually like.
Try not to let it ruin your day.
You have to remember that a few seconds shouldn'taffect an entire day.
Focus on the good things that happen insteadof the bad ones.
It will help you remember the day more fondly- and even turn a bad day into a good one! Number 7 – Base Your Decisions on RealityInstead of Optimism Now, there are certain situations where thinkingabout the negatives can actually be helpful.
For instance, when you're looking forwardto something – or REALLY want something – your brain tends to become overly optimistic! Hence the reason anticipation makes you happierthan the actual result usually does.
This is why you think you could win the lotterybut smoking will only harm other people.
Obviously, thinking this way leads to poordecision-making, so don't fall for it.
Also, don't overthink your choices.
The amount of choices you have isn't the sameas the importance of any given choice – like the brand of soap you buy.
Your brain tries to convince you that theyare intertwined when they are not.
Number 8 – Save Money Instead of Blowing It Saving money can be difficult for many people.
We all know that's it important, but the temptationof blowing it all as soon as we get some is often too strong.
Our brains are quick to forget the feelingof not having money once it's in our hands again – and heavy advertising everywhere, trying to get you to buy things, doesn't help.
So trick your brain into creating better moneyhabits! Create a simple mantra about saving moneyand repeat it to stop your brain from tempting you.
Or set up an automated savings account.
Also, think about what your money should gotoward – instead of just thinking, “should I save it or should I just spend it.
” Being more responsible with your money ismuch easier with a goal in mind.
Number 9 – Be Happier Everybody wants to be happy.
However, your brain can make that easier saidthan done.
So, instead of just having a desire to behappier, try to do things that you know will make you happy.
Even small things, like getting some exercise, sleeping better, and going outside to enjoy nature more often, can significantly improvethe quality of your life.
Small changes like these can make a big difference- and make you happier without you even realizing it! Number 10 – Realize That the World Doesn'tRevolve Around You Because of the survival instinct ingrainedinto the human brain, it's not too surprising that we sometimes believe the world revolvesaround us – and this can have adverse effects outside of survival situations.
It can lead to arrogant thoughts – such asthinking you're never wrong, you're better than everyone else, and that you can do nowrong.
Of course, in reality, this is not the caseat all! This is probably the one area in which yourbrain deceives you most.
What you can do is learn to be aware of thishappening – so you won't fall prey to it as often.
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